Investigative journalist calls for tougher regulations for therapists, as BACP formally opposes ‘gay cure’ practices
By Matthew Jenkin
05 October 2012
A UK psychotherapist has been struck off for using ‘gay cure’ therapy, after a two and a half year battle by an undercover journalist.
Lesley Pilkington, a 61-year-old who had been a shrink for 20 years, had her membership suspended from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in May 2012 after she was found to be telling patients she could cure their sexuality.
The decision to ban her completely from practicing in the UK has been applauded by award-winning journalist Patrick Strudwick whose undercover investigation, in which he posed as a gay patient, led to her being found guilty of malpractice.
However, Strudwick attacked the BACP for not withdrawing her membership entirely earlier, branding the process a ‘diabolical shambles’.
In an article in The Independent, he claims despite many people believing the BACP’s rejection of her suspension appeal was the final nail in the coffin for Pilkington’s career, it merely upheld the original verdict and sanctions imposed on her.
Pilkington was, therefore, still able to retain her membership if she was able to prove she had made appropriate changes in her practice.
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